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Title: Future use of life-cycle assessment in civil engineering
Authors: Glass, Jacqueline
Dyer, Tom
Georgopoulos, Costas
Goodier, Chris I.
Paine, Kevin
Parry, Tony
Baumann, Henrikke
Gluch, Pernilla
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © ICE Publishing
Citation: GLASS, J. ... et al, 2013. Future use of life-cycle assessment in civil engineering. Proceedings of the ICE - Construction Materials, 166 (4), pp. 204 - 212
Abstract: A LimesNet mission to Chalmers University of Technology, in Sweden, is reported in this paper. The aim of the mission was to explore new ways of exploiting the untapped potential of life-cycle assessment, its application in the civil engineering and construction industries and, specifically, to debate the associated trade-off decisions for reinforced concrete structures (buildings and civil engineering). Life-cycle assessment is an important tool in sustainable design; engineers need robust life-cycle assessment data and must balance this with operational performance considerations (e.g. energy consumption, durability). Through the mission it was clear that much could be learned from the Swedish experience. The UK team noted the importance of life-cycle assessment studies which allow building performance and construction products to be benchmarked and the role of emerging European standards (e.g. product category rules for construction and the development of environmental product declarations). Valuable lessons exist for consulting engineers and materials manufacturers, and there is a need for the greater inclusion of life-cycle assessment skills in the civil engineering education curriculum.
Description: This article was published in the journal Proceedings of the ICE- Construction Materials [© ICE Publishing]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/coma.12.00037
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1680/coma.12.00037
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/14053
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/coma.12.00037
ISSN: 1747-650X
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